Victims of Communism Monument: Use a smaller, more meaningful design

Victims of Communism Monument: Use a smaller, more meaningful design
Posted on June 11, 2015 | Suzanne Halpenny | Written on May 31, 2015
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St. Andrews Presbyterian Church is situated across from the Supreme Court of Canada on Wellington Street.

At the bottom of the steps leading to the front door sits the sculpture of a hunched figure with an outstretched hand. The small figure is draped in folds of cloth, hiding the face and the pain. This figure represents the lost, the needy, the forgotten of mankind and the hand reaches out for help and touch. Passersby stop in their tracks to take in the deep meaning of this solitary reminder of a suffering world.

The victims of communism would be remembered more by a single monument such as this than the controversial megalith causing so much dissension.

Suzanne Halpenny, Ottawa

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